João Roque

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João Roque
Born (1971-07-22) July 22, 1971 (age 45)
Angola
Nationality Angolan / Brazilian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Team Nova União
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 7
By submission 5
By decision 2
Losses 2
By decision 2
Draws 4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

João Roque (born July 22, 1971) is a former featherweight Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) black belt World Champion and a retired Angola mixed martial artist.[1] He competed in the Featherweight division in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).

His first coaches of BJJ were Marcio Pinheiro and Gerson Velasco, and he stayed under their guidance until he was a purple belt. It was under prestigious Osvaldo Alves, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belt and a legend in the sport of BJJ, that Joao Roque graduated to brown belt. When Master Oswaldo had to move to Manaus Roque joined André Pederneiras, right at the start of the Nova União.

Joao Roque began his MMA career in 1996 in the United States (Oklahoma) with a win by armbar. He retired in 2005 in the Japan (Tokyo) with a loss by decision.

Today he lives in Brasília, capital of Brazil. Roque went on to form one of the strongest teams in that state and his gym "Clube Vizinhança" still runs today.

BJJ lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Andre Pederneiras > Joao Roque

Notable BJJ black belts graduated[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7-2-4 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Decision (unanimous) G-Shooto: Special 01 March 11, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
Draw 7-1-4 Hiroyuki Takaya Draw Shooto 2004: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall January 24, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7-1-3 Hiroyuki Abe Submission (armbar) Shooto: Gig Central 4 September 21, 2003 2 4:59 Nagoya, Japan
Win 6-1-3 Naoya Uematsu Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 1/24 in Korakuen Hall January 24, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5-1-3 Ryan Bow Decision (majority) Deep: 6th Impact September 7, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-1-3 Takehiro Murahama Submission (armbar) Deep: 4th Impact March 30, 2002 1 2:13 Nagoya, Japan
Win 3-1-3 Stephen Palling Submission (armbar) World Fighting Alliance 1 November 3, 2001 1 1:29 Nevada, United States
Win 2-1-3 Takehiro Murahama Submission (armbar) Deep: 2nd Impact August 18, 2001 1 4:29 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 1-1-3 Jens Pulver Decision UFC 26 June 9, 2000 3 5:00 Iowa, United States
Draw 1-0-3 Hisao Ikeda Draw VTJ 1999: Vale Tudo Japan 1999 December 11, 1999 3 8:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 1-0-2 Noboru Asahi Draw VTJ 1998: Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 3 8:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 1-0-1 Uchu Tatsumi Draw VTJ 1997: Vale Tudo Japan 1997 November 29, 1997 3 8:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0 Abdelaziz Cherigui Submission (armbar) EF 3: Extreme Fighting 3 October 18, 1996 1 4:02 Oklahoma, United States

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win United States Dennis Hall Decision The Contenders 1997 5 5:00

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